We recommend we template every job to ensure a good fit.
We make an accurate template for each top. We always prefer the customer to be there when templating is taking place. This means that the customer can view and confirm on site all joint positions, sink and hob cut outs, shaping and breakfast bar/island overhangs, drainer grooves etc and radii on corners before the job goes into manufacture. We believe this process is the best way for the customer to fully appreciate the final layout of the kitchen.
Prior to templating, all units and associated end panels, undermounted sinks and fixed ranges (AGA’s etc.) must be securely set in place, with no temporary tops, connected taps, inset sinks or hobs in place, so that the surface is completely clear, just as it will need to be prior to installation.
Every cut out required in the finished top is marked on, or cut out of, the template. Therefore, all appropriate appliances must be available to our member of staff who are carrying out the template.
Don’t worry if your walls are not straight, the templating process will take care of this.
Slabs of the chosen material are selected from our stocks and inspected. These slabs are then cut and shaped to the templates.
Many different shapes and sizes of edge details, sink cut outs, drainer grooves, recessed drainers and other finishing touches are added in our factory.
Each job is checked over after every stage of the process and hand finished by one of our team of skilled masons before a final inspection.
We aim for a week turnaround from template to installation although during busy periods including Christmas and bank holidays this can take slightly longer.
Each piece of stone is carefully lifted into place and then set to its correct position. Should any slight adjustments or alterations be necessary, these take place on site. Joints are levelled and glued together with a colour matched epoxy resin.
Undermounted sinks are sealed with silicone sealant, hobs, inset sinks and any other appliances are tried in their relevant cut outs.
If ordered, upstands and splashbacks are fixed to walls and made flush, jointed with the coloured epoxy, and a line of sealant put along their joint to the tops. Where walls are not straight, unsightly gaps are caulked, ready to be painted and made good.
The job is then given a final clean and check over, before being handed over to the client for completion by the other trades involved.